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Harley Benton EX-84 Modern

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern  ·  Source: Harley Benton

Harley Benton has just announced a new modern offset guitar designed to help guitarists at the lower end of the price spectrum explore new territory: the EX-84 Modern. And despite the very modest price it has some well-specified hardware and comes in two classic colours, Black or Aged White.

Tribute Series 

Part of its Tribute Series, the new Harley Benton EX-84 Modern is evidently inspired by the Explorer shape. Think James Hetfield of Metallica. It’s certainly got the aesthetic DNA, with a hard-edged, stand-out offset design. This looks like the type of guitar that could easily double up as a weapon in the right hands.

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern BK

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern BK

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern

Let’s have a closer look at those specs. The EX-84 Modern has a mahogany body, with a matching set-in mahogany neck and a 24.72″ scale length. The neck has a modern slim taper carve and a C-profile, with 22 extra jumbo frets on an ebony fretboard. You also get a Graphtech Tusq XL nut and locking Grover tuners.

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern Arctic White

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern Arctic White

Active Roswell Pickups

The EX-84 comes factory fitted with a set of active Roswell LZ51 active (bridge) – Roswell LZ56 active (neck) pickups. These are controlled by a single master volume and master tone, plus a three-way switch. The rest of the hardware includes a WSC tune-o-matic bridge. There is also a neat easy access battery compartment on the rear for the active pickups.

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern AW rear

Harley Benton EX-84 Modern AW rear

All the hardware on these models in black and looks sweet against either the Black or Aged White finish options.

Both guitars come fitted with a set of Daddario EXL110 .010 – .046 strings, but you may want to go heavier if you fancy drop-tuning these beasts. Overall, I honestly think these pack in a lot of bang for your buck and will no doubt be popular at under 300 Euros each.

RRP – EUR 299 

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looking for ex 84 with FR Black